Hi TB! Nice to meet you. You are one of the reasons I am really happy to have found Medium. There are people here talking about real issues in a real way. Our system of education is something I think about often. I am a middle class mom in the Midwest suburbs where some of these things just do not get discussed(at least not in my circles). It seems to me if I said my son was not going to college, people would look at me like I had grown another head. As a freshman in HS, it seems you are either on the college track or tech/trade school track. Nobody presents any other options. If you have the grades you have to be on the college track, right? I have friends who talk about their kids in college who cannot get into a required class which sets them back another semester. $$$$ I have read psychology articles that indicate an 18 year old brain is not developed to point of committing to a career path, yet we encumber these young adults with years worth of debt and a job they might not get or will hate. Not to mention all of the pressure to get the best grades and be the best athlete. Heaven forbid a kid should fail and learn something from it. Who is on a rant now? :) I have so much more to say, but I will close with “thanks for writing”! Your article is certainly at the level of Seth Godin in my opinion.